February 17th, 2013
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Show Review: Rihanna for River Island
By Claire

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Rihanna has been curating a new style aesthetic for the past few months, a sporty/sexy mix that finds her one day in Timbs and jeans, and another in an understated skin clinging spaghetti strapped dress and simple ankle strap heels. For casual excursions and airport pit stops, you’ll see her in loose fit trousers and t-shirts. When she glams up for a night out, her slim yet curvy build can make even the most unassuming tank dress or high slit skirt shine. Her collection for River Island, which debuted last night in London, speaks to her current fashionable proclivities. Cropped tops, Varsity jackets, and slick pencil skirts reigned supreme, as did high cut swimsuits and form skimming floral separates.

Abdomen baring blouses were paired with thigh revealing skirts and shorts, accessorized by chunky platform boots, single strap sandals, hoops, and name plate necklaces.
Punchy playsuits and two pieces offered a bit of interest thanks to floral designs and more vibrant tones.
Rihanna stans will rejoice–as will saucy vixens with great bodies who don’t mind showing them off.
The showing wasn’t groundbreaking–I was hoping for a must-have tee or signature dress.
Stil I found a few favorites, namely the Varsity jacket and floral jumpsuit.

Do you see anything you like?

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45 Responses to “Show Review: Rihanna for River Island”

  1. Chris Styles says:

    *yawn* …and I usually like a river Island clothing

  2. Lowi says:

    I have seen it before. Nothing new about this!

  3. Coralie says:

    I definitely can see Rihanna rockin some pieces from this collection.
    But a lot of stuff remind me of American Apparel…

  4. shay says:

    Do you know when this starts selling Claire?

  5. Larry says:

    Nothing groundbreaking, but still cute and should be successful. I loved the sexy tomboy vibe.

  6. Lily says:

    Not impressed, I saw her with a blue jumpsuit of her collection and this one was great

  7. Miss j says:

    Not impressed ill pass

  8. HarlemVanity says:

    It all looks very Rihanna.

  9. Genie says:

    Hmmm smells like American Apparel, but it does look like items she would wear.

    Looks like The Kill with better financing.

  10. I love how comfortable the looks are, I would def rock…

  11. My Response says:

    NO, NO, NO………………..she gets designs handed to her and these are the best outfits she could come up with? what ever happened to her versace (not even sure if it was versace) line? oh ok.

  12. PEACE says:

    Very basic. Unimpressed all the ladies look like Rihanna robots

  13. steph says:

    boring and very cheap looking.

  14. Aishah says:

    Well…it’s very her :/


  15. Mizz A says:

    She didn’t put her heart to this… these are as bad as Chris Brown and I don’t mean that in no nice way!

  16. lola says:

    Karreuche could rock some of these looks, no shade but shade. Underwhelming overall but I’m not entirely surprising.

  17. lola says:

    *I’m not entirely surprised*

  18. jeffrey ew says:

    i like it. I’m not sure I get the complaints of it being very Rihanna. Isn’t that the point. She’s not Rachel Roy, she’s not a designer…she’s just doing a collection because their’s demand and she probably got paid a shit load of money to slap her name on it.

    It’s not her job to be out of the box..it’s River Island not Alexander Mcqueen. and again basic is not a bad thing. people need to try to BE a little basic. Fashion’s boring right now cause everyone is trying to out clever each other with their random ass outfits.

  19. Sandra says:

    I am not impressed and I consider myself a Ri’s fan. I was so looking forward it and now I am disappointed. I will not support this but I am sure some will.

  20. tasha says:

    not impressed at all. Blah she could’ve did way better.

  21. elle says:

    Simple. Basic. Boring.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Very boring…definitely getting an AA feel. Not a line I would go out of my to get.

  23. Olwethu says:

    Wen I saw

  24. karma says:

    these are pieces I can find anywhere via h&m, asos f21. the looks are uninspired and just plain blah.

  25. Olwethu says:

    I expected better. Damn, Karrueche actually has a chance to come up with a better line. I’ve had some of these basic items since my varsity days (2006)

  26. I was working on reviewing this collection for my site and came here to make sure I had the entire collection and honestly these photos aren’t a good representation of Rihanna for River Island. There are many more pieces, that look much better than these.

    Not saying this the entire collection is breathtaking, but it is much better than it is presented here.

  27. Was expecting a stronger collection as River Island alone is usually very strong on design; love their clothes.

    None of this is my style. It’s her first collection so hopefully she’ll grow from this, but yeah, I won’t be buying unfortunately.

    I’m more a Sass & Bide, Rag & Bone, All Saints edgy kind of girl…

  28. wizkid says:

    There is only one type of person with a certain body type who can wear and pull off these pieces…It seems like Rihanna just designed some clothes for herself that can also be bought by the public at a semi reasonable price…other than that this is very unimpressive.

  29. DarkEmpress says:

    Claire I can’t believe u wrote “the collection would work for anyone”. NO. It wouldn’t. The collection would only work on a young woman who is great shape. These clothes are basic.

  30. jboogie says:

    its is basic yes. and comparing in to American Apparel is actually a compliment. This line is reminisent of Rihanna past looks. Like American Apparel every piece can be worn to suit the individual that is wearing it. its not just designing pieces with loud colours and obvious out there details. I love it! This line is for people who actually have style and can see beyond the actual piece not for those that follow trends. She did mention in an interview she pretty muched designed the collection based on what she likes. She started simple and has created a strong foundation. not to mention she had to make things that were in the River Island price point. Bravo Ri!

  31. jbrizzy says:

    Just No

  32. Anonymous says:

    i agree with jeffrey ew. i like it.

  33. Anonymous says:

    and i agree there was a lot more than shown here. same/similar silhouette but different prints.

  34. binks says:

    Very simple and so 90s! Honestly I am going to say pass. Just because you can wear clothes does mean you have fashion direction.

  35. Nothing innovative I expected it more but go rihanna…she’s doing the Damn thing

  36. Maybe the silk print jumper n the red loose shorts n top…everything else..look for less..but thumbs up for a first go

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  38. Tiffany says:

    This collection looks WACK! It looks like something you’d see a meth head in or on someone named Ophelia sitting in a trailer park with a cigarette in her mouth and a 40oz in her hand. Phuck out of here with this. NEXT!

  39. Jeloi says:

    It don’t look as bad as I thought, with all the negative publicity from other sites.

  40. Law says:

    I saw this collection first hand, I loved it like someone already mentioned she’s not a designer. This collection is more about her fans being able to get her look on the high street, keeping it to simple basics means it’s more wearable. Watch the video of the collection, see that in movement some of these pieces are very different than just in a photo. She also designed some over the knee boots, which are not really shown here which were amazing. I think people are forgetting this is a high street collection, I think making pieces that are basic makes them at a reasonable price point. Rather than some of the other designers/high street collections we have seen. I think she did well, it may not be to everyones taste. But it’s a strong collection, everyone there approved of it. It was an amazing show, which I 101% loved. Like I said it won’t be for everyone taste.

  41. Caribbelle says:

    I didn’t know what to expect, but this didn’t do anything for me. River Island’s stuff is usually a lot cuter than this.

  42. michelle says:

    rihannas closet??

  43. Loving the colourful pieces but very basic.

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